Bachelor's Programme Linguistics

Curriculum (2010W)

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Duration/ ECTS-Credits
6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study


Admission Requirements 
Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent and Language Certificates

Faculty of Language, Literature and Culture

Qualification Level
Bachelor (First Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 6, EQF/NQF: Level 6

0232 Literature and Linguistics

Study Code
UC 033 667

Supplemental examination
Supplemental examination in Latin is required before completion of the bachelor's degree programme if this subject was not completed satisfactorily with at least 10 credit hours at a higher-level secondary school.

The curriculum is the basis of a degree programme. A look at the curriculum for the Bachelor Linguistics gives you a detailed overview of the structure, content, examination regulations and qualification profile of this Bachelor's degree.

The curriculum can clarify several important questions before you start your studies. For example, which criteria must be fulfilled for enrolment in the Bachelor Linguistics, how long the programme lasts, which modules must be completed and much more.

The 2010W curriculum is currently valid for the Bachelor's programme Linguistics.

Information on the Curriculum (2010W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
 available at:
Section: Current Curriculum version.

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

(1) Within the scope of the Studies and Orientation Stage, which takes place in the first semester, the following course examinations must be passed:

  1. VO Fundamentals of Linguistics (CM 2/2 h/5 ECTS-Credits),
  2. VO The World’s Languages CM 7/2 h/5 ECTS-Credits).

(2) Successful passing of all exams of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage entitles to passing all further courses and examinations and to writing the Bachelor’s Thesis.

(3) Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage courses amounting to 20 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The registration requirements listed in the curriculum must be met.

(1) The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP), with a duration of one semester (30 ECTS-Credits), provides an overview of the study programme and its structure in order to give students an objective basis to assess their decision to pursue their chosen subjects.

(2) During the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage, the following course examinations, which may be repeated twice, must be completed satisfactorily:

  1. VO Introduction to Linguistics (PM 2/2 hours/5 ECTS-Credits)
  2. VO Introduction to Linguistics (PM 6a/2 hours/2.5 ECTS-Credits)

(3) A positive result (passing grade) on the examinations specified in Paragraph 2 permits students to attend all courses and take all examinations following the Introduction and Orientation Phase for Students (STEOP) and to write a bachelor's thesis as described in the curriculum. The registration requirements specified by the curriculum must be met.

General Information

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 6 semesters or 180 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Philological and Cultural Studies
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Linguistics
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Phonetics and Phonology
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Rhetoric
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Language Course 1
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

2.5 ECTS-Credits: Morphology and Syntax
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Textlinguistics and Pragmatics
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Semantics and Lexicology
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Rhetoric
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Sociolinguistics
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Morphology and Syntax
5.0 ECTS-Credits: The World's Languages
7.5 ECTS-Credits: The Languages and Cultures of the Alpine Region
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Semantics and Lexicology
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Writing for Public Relations and Businesses

2.5 ECTS-Credits: Language Typology
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Historical Linguistics and Reconstruction
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Indoeuropean Studies
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Philosophy of Science
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Gender Studies
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Philosophy of Science
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Topics in Linguistics
20.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules

15.0 ECTS-Credits: Bachelor's Thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Topics in Linguistics
12.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules

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ECTS-Anrechnungspunkte (Arbeitsbelastung)
Course Sequence


As part of the Bachelor’s Programme, a Minor of 30 ECTS-Credits can be completed.

More information and a list of possible Minors can be found at:

Extension Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Extension Programme corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Extension Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading  scheme Definition  %-age
 1 EXCELLENT:  Outstanding performance 43.8= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 28.5
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 18.3
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum criteria 9.4
 5 INSUFFICIENT:  Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Location Innrain 52d

Associate Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
Mag. Dr. Gerhard Rampl

Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
Mag. Dr. Elisabeth De Felip-Jaud

Information about the Programme (in German only)

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